Stevie Wonder’s hometown of Detroit has named a street in his honor.
Milwaukee Avenue was renamed to Stevie Wonder Boulevard. The artist sang a snippet of “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” during his address to a crowd of over 400 people who were present, the Detroit News reports.
Stevie Wonder was honored by the city of Detroit on Wednesday afternoon with a brand new street sign. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Rep. John Conyers and more joined together for the unveiling of Stevie Wonder Ave. at the northeast corner of Milwaukee Ave. and Woodward Ave. Stevie Wonder was also on hand for the event.
“Many things that have happened in my lifetime, I never imagined those things would happen. Obviously, God knew and so I’m just very thankful,” said Wonder.
Mayor Mike Duggan also gave him the key to the city.
“So many wonderful things have happened because of Motown in my life and for my life,” the artist said. Stevie Wonder was born in Saginaw, moved to Detroit as a child and signed with Motown Records at the age of 11. Stevie Wonder grew up near his newly named street. The naming of the street took two years in the making and it is less than a mile from Hitsville, USA where he got his start.
He added, “Detroit is all in everything I’ve done.”
On top of speeches from Duggan and Conyers, art work was displayed that was inspired by Wonder and created by the Henry Ford Academy high school.
“I never imagined that in my lifetime this honor would be bestowed upon me. I didn’t, but God did,” Wonder said in a release. “I am so thankful and filled with gratitude that that the city where I grew up would give me a forever moment- a moment that is captured on Milwaukee Street and in my heart. I am overjoyed.”
In his career, Wonder has had 32 No. 1 single, 25 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. He has also won numerous other awards including the Distinguished Services Award from the President’s Committee on Employment of Handicapped People. This is simply beautiful and truly an honor for the Motown legend!